New York Fashion Week kicked off yesterday with the presentation of Kanye West‘s Yeezy Season 4 RTW Spring 2017 collection for Adidas.
The show which was attended by the usual assortment of Kardashians, Anna Wintour, rappers and fashion journalists featured oversize hoodies, parkas, T-shirts, bra tops and tight-knit tank dresses in pale colors, mostly worn with over-the-knee boots.
WWD complained about Kanye not revealing the venue of the show,
He withheld basic logistical information, such as the show’s location — Roosevelt Island — until 12 hours before the 3 p.m. show. Shuttle buses were arranged as a “courtesy,” departing against all logic from one of the furthest points west in Manhattan to slog crosstown to an island in the East River. Round-trip, the event clocked in at about four-and-a-half hours. This is behavior that would not be tolerated from true design visionaries — Karl Lagerfeld or West’s friend Riccardo Tisci.
The Roosevelt Park venue was so hot with temperatures soaring to 92 F and with the models standing for hours waiting for the show to start some fainted,
Model passed out in the heat is given water by man in the audience but no one on the #YeezySeason4 team helps.
— Stella Bugbee (@stellabugbee) September 7, 2016
The shoes were apparently so uncomfortable that one model stopped mid strut to angrily take them off.
— Young Durant (@A_Geechi) September 7, 2016
Others struggled to walk in what fashion observers are calling Yeezy Season’s poorly made heels. According to WWD, in one truly desperate case, a model, sweating under a black hooded coat, was so hobbled by her boots, Bruce Pask of Bergdorf Goodman escorted her down the runway.
— Justine Skye ? (@JSkye__fan) September 7, 2016
— HotNewHipHop (@HotNewHipHop) September 7, 2016
The collection was also dragged,
A horde of models wearing what could pass for Spanx in a military formation. It’s almost surprising West, who is quick to congratulate his own creativity, continues to rely on something that’s become a bore. West will likely be rewarded with splashy coverage and even applause for a collection that was at best predictable. Adidas should be embarrassed.
WWD concluded with this,
When some of the models fainted, there was no medical attention or staff intervention. Rather, other models fetched them water and they stayed put. “We had no idea what we were going to be doing,” said Ciarda Hall, one of the models who stood in the Beecroftian formation for the duration of the show and witnessed more than one of her peers faint. “But the show must go on.”
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